This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
Fifteen of the official documents related to the payment of $2.34 million of blood money (diyat) for the freedom of Raymond Davis in Pakistan can be viewed here. Anyone who can help with translation would be much appreciated. The Pakistani press has reported that the families of the men shot by Davis were taken away a couple of days before the deal was settled and have not been seen since, except in the court hearing. Even their lawyers were forcibly detained for several hours.